Mesa, AZ (5/22/2018) - Robert
VanBeekum scored his first podium of the season
during Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series doubleheader
at Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada, Mexico.
VanBeekum was driving a Polaris RZR XP Turbo
in the Production Turbo UTV class.
Steel's Robert Vanbeekum Podiums at
Estero Beach LOORRS
In Saturday’s race, VanBeekum took on the
tricky circuit that featured a sandy racing
surface, long straightaways and a technical
rhythm section. After passing two cars in
the first corner, VanBeekum came out of the
halfway point caution in third and held it
until the end.
“We just paced it forward and I gave the
Polaris all she could handle,” said VanBeekum.
“It’s crazy how much this track changes, but
I just paced it forward. It’s great to be
here in Mexico. The fan base here is amazing.
They are true fans here.”
While many in the field had tire issues,
VanBeekum’s Maxxis Ceros tires were perfect
for the track that started out slick and wet
and quickly turned rough and technical.
“The Maxxis Tires did great,” said VanBeekum.
“They had a lot of hook up and allowed us
to push forward. The Walker Evans shocks got
us through the rhythm section and the Muzzy
tuning was perfect for the long straightaways.
Jimmy with XMF did an excellent job with setup.
DragonFire’s support is huge for us and thank
you to Polaris RZR for helping us with the
car. The Method Wheels held up. No breakage
VanBeekum had issues in qualifying on Sunday
and the team made repairs prior to the race,
replacing the exhaust header. Unfortunately,
a cracked head pipe caused the engine to overheat
during the race.
“Right off the bat, the car was running super
lean and going into limp mode,” said VanBeekum.
“On the second lap, I took on too much heat
and had to stop. It’s just one of those freak
things. We’ll fix it and come back in Missouri
VanBeekum will be back in action as the LOORRS
Series next heads to its longest track at
Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. That
doubleheader race is scheduled for June 23-24.
Polaris, Maxxis Tires, Walker Evans, DragonFire,
Method Wheels, R-N-R Steel, LSR Racing, Rugged
Radios, Xtreme Machine & Fabrication,